50-minute verdict: Myers guilty

50-minute verdict: Myers guilty

There are 15 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 30, 2006, titled 50-minute verdict: Myers guilty. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Jurors say testimony from the defendant's family and a trip over the weekend to the site where Jill Behrman's body was found led them Monday to quickly conclude John R. Myers II was responsible for the IU ...

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Lori

Decatur, IL

#1 Oct 30, 2006
He should have a really strong appeal.
Where is the evidence? Where is the murder weapon? Where is the DNA? Can you truly convict someone based on loose testimony?
DeC

Lexington, KY

#2 Oct 30, 2006
You can't appeal based on those things you mentioned. You can only appeal based on procedural errors or prosecutorial misconduct. You can't just appeal because of sour grapes. The court won't hear an appeal based on the "I'm innocent, I swear" argument. That's just not the way our legal system works.
1_happy_girl

United States

#3 Oct 30, 2006
I just hope that justice is done. If he killed her, which evidently the jury thought he did, he needs to pay. An innoncent young woman lost her life and brutally at that. I hope that the system does not fail Jill as another human did. May God bless her family as they can begin to heal. May God also bless Jill's soul.
Julie

Erlanger, KY

#4 Oct 30, 2006
I'm glad it is over for the family. I really hated watching him walk in and out on the news with that smug look on his face. I found that very disturbing.
total mess

Carmel, IN

#5 Oct 30, 2006
this is a big dissapointment to me .what if it was my brother and the little bit of evidence got him convicted ide be horrified. I hope he appeals he does have things he can appeal.i am sorry for both familys its a shame .bless them both.....
barbra

Euclid, OH

#6 Oct 30, 2006
if hope the jury heard alot more evidence than what was reported in the paper and news because based on what we heard and read i could not with a clear concisence find myers guilty
don

Euclid, OH

#7 Oct 30, 2006
i just hope he was rightly convicted i would hate to think he was found guilty just to solve a case
peterGibbons

Lebanon, IN

#8 Oct 30, 2006
"Where is the murder weapon? Where is the DNA?"
So...what are you saying? That he should go free because he didn't leave any DNA, and he was smart enough to ditch the weapon? Ya know people used to get convicted all the time without DNA evidence. The testimony of the accused's family members was more than enough.
When your own family is ratting on someone you KNOW they are guilty.
don

Euclid, OH

#9 Oct 30, 2006
total mess wrote:
this is a big dissapointment to me .what if it was my brother and the little bit of evidence got him convicted ide be horrified. I hope he appeals he does have things he can appeal.i am sorry for both familys its a shame .bless them both.....
i agree with you it is all just a little disturbing to me
don

Euclid, OH

#10 Oct 30, 2006
peterGibbons wrote:
"Where is the murder weapon? Where is the DNA?"
So...what are you saying? That he should go free because he didn't leave any DNA, and he was smart enough to ditch the weapon? Ya know people used to get convicted all the time without DNA evidence. The testimony of the accused's family members was more than enough.
When your own family is ratting on someone you KNOW they are guilty.
and how many innocent people have went free years after being found guilty when dna and technology caught up with their case and it was without doubt proven that they were indeed innocent
Kimberly McAllister

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Oct 30, 2006
don wrote:
<quoted text>and how many innocent people have went free years after being found guilty when dna and technology caught up with their case and it was without doubt proven that they were indeed innocent
Not many. The vast majority of people who go to prison are actually guilty of the crime they've committed. Most police, prosecutors and jurors do an excellent job of dispensing justice. The idea that you must have DNA evidence or physical evidence is nice -- but highly improbable in many crimes. How many actual witnesses are there to murders? Very few. Unless 2 or more people conspire to murder someone. The point is, most murderers are and have been for centuries, convicted on circumstantial evidence. "Circumstances" include alibis, lengthy questioning, polygraph tests, sworn statements, affadavits, and many, many other bits and pieces of non-physical evidence. Don't be fooled into thinking that jurors can't come to a good decision based on circumstantial evidence. They take their jobs very seriously and are quite afraid of sending innocent people to prison. The CSI effect has everyone believing that the police and detectives aren't doing their jobs if they can't come up with hard physical evidence. Not true. People are quite good and figuring out if someone is innocent or guilty.
follower

AOL

#13 Oct 30, 2006
peterGibbons wrote:
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When your own family is ratting on someone you KNOW they are guilty.
This is precisely the problem - people have given far too much weight to the testimony of these two women (aunt & grandmother) who have had family feuds for years, including with the Defendant. I suspect that my sister has done some things that aren't commonly known - but God forbid I should call the press and tell them the 'evidence' on which I base my opinions. If justice was not served in this case, I believe that will come out. More evidence will be discovered pointing to another suspect, or clearning Mr. Myers. I don't believe we've heard the end of this story.
Homer

Greenwood, IN

#14 Oct 30, 2006
Clearly the jury didn't take their obligation too seriously -- you couldn't find someone guilty of jaywalking in 40 minutes. As someone noted above, actual innocence is not a ground upon which the defense could appeal. But hey, only about 10% of the people in prison are actually innocent anyway ...
follower

AOL

#15 Oct 31, 2006
If the defense attorneys were wise, they strategized in such a way as to not exclude possibilities for appeal. Experienced defense attorneys are conscientious of this - and the Baker lawyers seem pretty competent to me. I reiterate, I doubt this case is over.
total mess

Carmel, IN

#16 Oct 31, 2006
I cant belive anyone could convict a person with what was in the prosicuters case. I think an appeal will happen and he will be released .His grandmother by the way is way out in left feild and isnt all there and is an attention feind. So take a little bit of this in to conderation...

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